WSOP APAC: Apr 11; Aussies well placed in Six-Max, Main Event starts tonight

WSOP APAC daily wrap – April 11

Australasia is assured at least one gold bracelet winner with seven players remaining in the WSOP APAC $5000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em Six-Max event. Six Aussies and one New Zealander remain in the hunt for the $233,800 first prize along with the fourth WSOP APAC gold bracelet on offer.

Fresh from his APPT Seoul victory, WA’s Aaron Lim leads the field but has Brendon Rubie hot on his heels. Rubie finished second in the $2500 NLHE Four-handed event in Las Vegas last year, and will be keen to go one better here.

Other players in contention are NZ’s Jan Suchanek, 2011 Star Poker Summer Series champion Andy Lee, Australian Poker Hall of Fame member Jason Gray, Sam Higgs and Billy Seri.

Day two had started with 52 players (and registration still open) with the list of those falling short of the money including JC Tran, Grant Levy, Bertrand ElkY Grospellier and Jean-Robert Bellande.

The list of players to finish in the money featured Dominik Nitsche (10th), Daniel Neilson (12th), Jonathan Karamalikis (13th), Nauv Kashyap (16th) and Charles Chua (17th).

WSOP APAC event 4: $5000 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max end of day two chip count (167 players; 18 players paid; seven players remaining; total prizepool $835,000)

Aaron Lim 600,000
Brendon Rubie 577,000
Jan Suchanek 463,000
Andy Lee 412,000
Sam Higgs 168,000
Jason Gray 159,000
Billy Seri 145,000

Payouts (Australian except where indicated)

1 $233,800
2 $144,530
3 103,766
4 $74,590
5 $53,615
6 $38,545
7 $27,722

8 Binh Nguyen (USA) $27,722
9 David Yan (NZ) $19,940
10 Dominik Nitsche (Germany) $19,940
11 Ashley Mason (UK) $14,353
12 Daniel Neilson $14,353
13 Jonathan Karamalikis $10,354
14 Benjamin Wilinofsky (Canada) $10,354
15 Oleksii Kovalchuk (Ukraine) $10,354
16 Nauvneel Kashyap $10,354
17 Charles Chua (Malaysia) $10,354
18 Allan Le (USA) $10,354

• It’s another momentous day in Aussie poker history with the first WSOP APAC Main Event kicking off tonight. The $10,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em championship event will be played over five days with the sole day one flight starting at 6pm.

Players will start with 30,000 in chips, with levels scheduled for 90 minutes. Five levels will be played tonight. A $1350 Last Chance Satellite will start at 2.15pm at Crown Poker today.

• Asia-Pacific captain Joe Hachem has confirmed the four players who will represent our region in the semi-final battle against Team Europe in the Caesars Cup on Sunday, with the winner going to battle reigning champion Team Americas in the final – the four players are five-time WSOP bracelet winner Jeff Lisandro, Australia’s leading female player Jackie Glazier, 2011 WSOPE €1k NLHE champion Andrew Hinrichsen and Shane Warne.

The Caesars Cup will feature the game No Limit Hold’em with two teams of five doing battle over a series of unique partner and heads-up formats, with a point awarded for each victory. Each round will play best out of three with each player allowed to play only once per round. The unique formats will be:

• Alternate Action – A team of two players will play together and play the same hand, passing the cards and action back and forth each street that is dealt.

• Shared Stack – A team of two players will play heads up sharing one team stack.

• Singles: Heads Up – If match is tied at one apiece, a third sudden-death match will pit one player from each team against each other in heads up format.

Aussie WSOP fact

As this is the WSOP of Asia-Pacific, it’s only appropriate that we also pay tribute to New Zealand’s only WSOP bracelet winner. In 2010, Simon Watt won a $1500 No Limit Hold’em bracelet and USD $614,248. But it was the money he saved the rest of the poker community that had the eyes of the world focused squarely on the final table with Tom Dwan reportedly set to win a staggering USD $12,500,000 in prop bets had he prevailed instead.

What’s on today at Crown Melbourne

10.10am $300 WSOP APAC Step 2
12.10pm $300 WSOP APAC Step 2
12.30pm Event 4: $5000 WSOP APAC No Limit Hold’em Six-Max final table
2.10pm $1350 Last Chance WSOP APAC Step 3 Satellite (one in eight win)
4.10pm $400 Limit Hold’em/Omaha/Omaha Hi-Lo
6pm Event 5: $10,000 WSOP APAC No Limit Hold’em Main Event day one

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